An award-winning architecture firm from the North East has acquired an interior design firm as part of a desire to offer new services to its clients.
Ryder Architecture of Newcastle, which was named National Architecture Firm of the Year at the 2021 Building Awards last week, has acquired city firm Ward Robinson Design.
The two companies and their staff have worked together on projects for over 20 years and have said they share “ethos and values”.
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Ryder added that the acquisition “would add greater value and diversity to the range of services available to customers.”
Managing Partner Mark Thompson said: “We are proud to announce that Ward Robinson is now part of Ryder. Welcoming the talented team to the company is a great conclusion for 2021.
“Our Queen’s Enterprise Award for International Trade, winning Building’s Architectural Practice of the Year and receiving world-class status in the Best Companies to Work for is proof that it’s all about the team. “
Ryder Architecture was established in 1953 in Newcastle and has since expanded to have offices in London, Glasgow, Liverpool, Hong Kong, Vancouver and Amsterdam. Earlier this year, it also added an office in Manchester, creating 18 new jobs.
The company’s most recent accounts, released earlier this year, showed a 14% increase in revenue to £ 19.3million, while operating profits rose from £ 1.2million to £ 1.7million. In addition to projects outside the region and overseas, he has been involved in plans for the new Durham County Council headquarters, the development of Bank House in Newcastle and the maintenance base for the wind farm Dogger Bank at Tyne Harbor.
Louise Roberts, Partner at Ward Robinson, said: “The exclusive experience and service delivery that our clients have become accustomed to will remain.
“Combining Ward Robinson’s specialist services with Ryder’s broad reach and reputation will further strengthen our ability and ability to provide the best possible service to our customers.
Ward Robinson describes himself as a “highly experienced team of interior designers and project managers who have been carrying out custom projects for over 25 years.” It was founded in 1991 and has been involved in residential, office and other workplaces projects.